Cabarets of Death By Mel Gordon


Publisher: Strange Attractor

Year: 2024

Format: Softcover

Edition: First Edition

Condition: New

From 1892 until 1954, three cabaret restaurants in the Montmartre district of Paris captivated tourists with their grotesque portrayals of death in the afterworlds of Hell, Heaven, and Nothingness. Each offered specialized cuisines and morbid visual displays featuring flashes of nudity and shocking optical illusions.

These cabarets were considered the most curious and controversial amusements in the city, and graphic postcards of their startling spectacles and otherworldly interiors became their own sensational currency.

Cabarets of Death documents the dinner shows, bizarre character interactions, and theatrical goings on in these unique establishments. Presenting original images and drawings from contemporary journals, postcards, tourist brochures, and menus, the late cultural historian Mel Gordon leads a tour of these idiosyncratically macabre institutions, and grants us unique access to a form of popular spectacle now long departed.